Antique Manipuri Singing Bowl. Notes: E4 & Bb5 (Solar Plexus & Crown Chakras)
Weight: 421 grams (0 lb 15 oz). Size: 15 x 5 cm (6 x 2 inches)
This exquisite small 19th century Manipuri Singing Bowl is covered inside and out with decorative artwork. It’s a shallow bowl with a slightly flared rim, typical of the Manipuri form, but with an unusual raised mound surrounded by sun motifs (dots within circles) at its centre. There are more suns encircling the rim and also in a band around the outer wall, below which are vertical lines.
A band of ritual cuts also encircle the outer rim at intervals. Many of the decorative sun circles have been worn away with the passage of time, leaving just the deeper punched dots at their centre.
The fundamental note is a nice middle octave E4 (334Hz) when struck with a padded mallet or played around the rim with a suede ringer. The rim note changes to a fifth octave Bb5 (942Hz) with a wooden ringer.
This fascinating small Manipuri bowl is in excellent structural condition and has a bright golden bronze colour.
Two small ringers are included in the price.
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